Morning News Briefing

Written by on February 25, 2020

Budget discussions took precedence over the latest City Council meeting with officials arguing whether it was better to override the states 2 percent tax cap or continue to cut services and jobs.
City Manager Martin Moore spoke out against further reduction in services and/or personnel during the emotionally-charged City Council Conference Meeting last night saying that further cuts, will only make a bad situation worse…

The City is looking to make up a $700,000 shortfall this year mostly due to the loss of potential loss Video Lottery Terminal funds generated by Batavia Downs Gaming which have been listed in Cuomo proposed state budget.
City Council will vote whether or not to override the state’s tax cap and increase taxes nearly 7.5 percent at their March 9th meeting.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Hutchins Street man arrested for endangerment.
Batavia Police took 30 year old Michael Lanze of Batavia into custody following a reported domestic incident that occurred earlier this month at a Hutchins Street address.
Lanze allegedly punched another person in the head during the domestic dispute all in the presence of 2 children.
Lanze was arraigned in Batavia City Court and released with an appearance ticket for this Thursday.

Traffic stop in Batavia ends in felony DWI for a LeRoy man.
City Police stopped 49 year old Raymond Cook of Pleasant Street LeRoy on Main Street following a number of traffic infractions.
Investigation determined that Cook was intoxicated and he was arrested for a felony DWI for a having a previous conviction within the past 10 years.
He was also hit with counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in both the first and second degrees along with a count for failing to return his revoked license, registration and plates.
Cook is expected to appear in City Court on March 4th.

A Rochester resident busted with drugs after stealing a Red Bull in Batavia.
39 year old Adam Altobelli was apprehended by Batavia Police Saturday on East Main Street in City after he allegedly stole a Red Bull energy drink from a local store.
In addition to the drink, Altobelli was also said to be in possession of a controlled substance according to officers.
He was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and is due back in City Court on March 3rd.

The Livingston County sheriff says an update on human remains found in Geneseo over the weekend could come today.
A badly decomposed body was found in a wooded area off Route 20A on Sunday.
Officials believe the remains could be those of David Clyde Morgan.
He hasn’t been seen since July 2018 after he pointed a gun at a police officer during a traffic stop in Geneseo and triggered a manhunt.

The Buffalo Sabres have made trades they hope help bring an end to an eight-season playoff drought.
One deal sends Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Dominik Kahun.
Another trade will bring Wayne Simmonds from the New Jersey Devils to Buffalo for a future draft pick.
The Sabres are currently sitting six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division and are 10 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the second Wild Card in the Eastern Conference.


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